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Lions v Sharks - Live
80 LIONS 12-25 SHARKS
80 Mvovo boots the ball to touch and his try aside, that wasn't one to remember. The Lions battled but a serious lack of execution and skill compounded their efforts as the Sharks just about did enough. Sharks win again and move back on top.
77 Time still for the Lions to snatch something, as Jantjies kicks a penalty into the corner. Shockingly, the ball is lost forward...
75 Scrum penalty to the Lions, Chadwick the guilty party. Sharks steal the lineout but the ball is lost forward.
73 Watermeyer with a sharp break, but the Lions are chasing a bonus point now. Slow-paced attack and the ball is turned over. Marais kicks long and a scrappy bounce goes into touch. Knocked on by the Sharks.
70 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 12-25: Ellis Park crowd going restless at the number of penalties against the Lions. Steyn has yet another shot and this one hangs inside the post.
68 Breakdown penalty to the Sharks, a familiar sight, so Steyn lines up another three points. This one doesn't make it.
66 TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 12-22: Magic! What a magical try from Mvovo. Brilliant chip and chase and the full-back wins the race to the ball and scoops up to score. A diamond in the middle of the dross. Steyn converts.
64 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 12-15: Minnie creates an attack for the Lions with a good run, ending in a penalty. Time running out and nothing in it.
62 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 9-15: A chip shot for Steyn and the Sharks' lead is six points again.
61 Better from the Sharks as Mvovo scorches into the 22. Slowed down again but the Sharks are well-positioned. Penalty.
59 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 9-12: Easy three and the Lions cut the deficit.
58 Very difficult to glimpse through the mass of Sharks players, but we're having plenty of replays. No try, but a Lions penalty.
57 Held up is the call... or is it? We're going to the TMO.
56 A break! Skosan steps his way up to the Sharks 22. Very promising for the Lions who have to capitalise on this position.
53 Steyn attempts another shot, this time from 60 metres, but this one doesn't make it. Ndungane off for the Sharks, replaced by Marais. Steyn now cannot stop kicking as he goes for a long-range drop goal, but that falls wide to the left.
51 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 6-12: Steyn's kicking has been a bright spot, as he lands another super kick from way out through the middle.
50 Mvovo tries to bring the game to life with a long break. Passes to Pietersen but he can't hit a runner, Lions turning over the ball and then over-kicking for the Sharks to drop out.
48 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 6-9: Steyn lands an absurdly long-range strike, fading it in past the left post. Great shot.
46 High kick from Steyn taken by Mapoe, who has looked threatening. Whiteley penalised at the breakdown though and the Sharks can clear.
44 Testing bounce for Mvovo who clears, but not to touch. De Klerk hoists the ball high and it comes back the Lions way until Lewies intercepts. Sharks moving forward, chants of 'Beast' from the crowd until the ball is lost.
42 Territory exchange is won by the Lions with a kick to touch from Boshoff. They need it, because the Sharks dominated that area in the first half, showing their experience.
40 Both teams back out for the second half as the Sharks restart. It can only get better.
40 LIONS 6-6 SHARKS
40 ...a try it is not! Watermeyer rips the ball and it flies backwards over the line, but that isn't the problem. We're going back to look a possible knock-on from McLeod and in the replay spot a penalty offence against the Sharks, so the Lions clear. False alarm there at the end of a hugely underwhelming half between two teams playing physical rugby. Second half coming up.
40 Do we have a try?! Mtawarira carries well but the ball is ripped from his grasp, with Alberts pouncing to dot down for the try. Upstairs to the TMO we go...
38 Bismarck there again in defence to win a breakdown penalty. Neither team able to unlock the opposition defence just yet. Time ticking away until half-time.
37 ...penalty though to the Lions, and in the knick of time. Boshoff clears to touch.
35 This game is in sore need of a spark, with the Sharks seemingly more likely to provide it. Another multi-phase attack for the visitors looks good as Pietersen and Ndungane combine. Slow ball, but the Sharks are five metres out...
33 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 6-6: Little to shout about early on in this game, but Boshoff's striking of the ball is impressive. Scores level.
31 Good drive from the Sharks as McLeod pressures de Klerk, but the Lions clear. Mvovo returns it with interest but the Lions are counter-rucking well. Mapoe looks to have knocked on but play continues. Back for a penalty to the Lions, kickable.
30 Another unforced error from the Sharks, Sithole this time dropping the pass. Lions clinging on here.
28 Sithole running well as Steyn tries a snap drop goal, but it fades away to the right. Plenty of possession for the Sharks but few points to show for it. Jannie returns to the field.
27 Lions manage to scramble the ball and clear, but back comes Mvovo. Steyn tries a chip over the top into the corner but it's out on the full.
25 Sharks attacking well in the Lions 22, only a few metres short. Ndungane gets himself isolated on the far side but the Lions are pinged for taking out McLeod. Bismarck indicates to the corner.
23 Scrum free-kick to the Sharks who hoist it high outside the 22. Wide pass to Ndungane who can't bring it in. Lions scrum in their 22.
21 Penalty count swinging the way of the Lions now as they look for territory in the Sharks half. Lost forward in the tackle by Sithole. Stop-start so far this one.
20 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 3-6: Super strike from Boshoff puts the Lions on the board.
19 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, J.DU PLESSIS! TMO referral looking at an incident involving Jannie du Plessis, who is sent to the bin for checking Mapoe off the ball.
19 Countless errors from both teams so far in the first quarter as Zeilinga goes down with what looks like a hamstring injury. Penalty coming to the Sharks.
17 Scrum swivels round and then the Lions win a penalty. Taken quick, surprising decision by the Lions and it doesn't work out as the Sharks win the penalty at the breakdown. Zeilinga clears.
15 A first miss of the night for Zeilinga but the Sharks still have the territory. Turnover, Lions trying to run their way out of their half. High kick is missed by Zeilinga and then the Sharks knock on.
14 Kankowski taken out in the air at the lineout, offering Zeilinga his third shot at goal.
12 Phases of attack from the Lions but it comes to nothing as the Sharks clear their lines. Second wave of attack from the hosts but Bismarck is there to win the turnover at the breakdown. Top work from the Springbok.
10 Scrum for the Lions on the far side and they win a penalty. Boshoff sends the ball up towards the Sharks 22.
8 Zeilinga looking to make an attack happen with a chip over the top, but Skosan gets back in time. All the Sharks so far.
6 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA! 0-6: Skosan leaves the field as Zeilinga adds his second penalty with a superb long-range strike.
5 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA! 0-3: Simple shot for the youngsters who makes it count. Sharks lead.
4 Boshoff can't gather de Klerk's pass, giving the Sharks a strong platform to attack from. Kankowski picks, Pietersen brought down five metres out. Penalty, Mapoe pinged and Zeilinga will go for goal.
2 Overthrow from the Lions and McLeod does well charging forward. Wide pass from Zeilinga looking for Mvovo goes to no one. Another Lions lineout.
0 Boshoff kicks deep and Ndungane is already away! The centurion canters in the Lions half and this is a promising start for the Sharks. It ends as the visitors are bundled into touch.
0 Odwa Ndungane leads out the two sides on his 100th Super Rugby appearance. Only a light breeze at Ellis Park, conditions otherwise perfect.
0 The Sharks' side is unchanged but there is a return to the squad from injury for centre Paul Jordaan. Willem Alberts slots in at lock, with Jean Deysel, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski their back-row.
0 Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made just one change to his team as Derick Minnie returns from a spell out injured, replacing Jaco Kriel at flank.
0 Last but by no means least we head to Johannesburg for the Lions versus Sharks clash, with the latter knowing a win here would put daylight between them and their South African rivals. Team news is next.
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